Book Friday: The All-Year-Round Christmas Handbook by Tiffany Wood

The All-Year-Round Christmas Handbook by Tiffany Wood is a strange choice for a September book, perhaps… but Tiffany is a great believer, as I am, in planning and preparing ahead for Christmas, having it all wrapped up shopping and sourcing-wise by the end of November so that December itself is a month of enjoyment and that the organising of Christmas can be spread over the … Continue reading Book Friday: The All-Year-Round Christmas Handbook by Tiffany Wood

Call off Christmas? Never!

It’s September, we’ve been in the grip of Covid-19 since late February/March, Locked down, holiday free and WAH if we can, or socially distanced in offices and workplaces across the land and always with the hope of a proper Christmas at the end. In the UK yesterday (9th September) the Rule of Six was introduced. Only six members of two households can meet together inside … Continue reading Call off Christmas? Never!

Book Friday: The Five O’Clock Apron by Claire Thomson

I wish I had a three day weekend ahead of me. The week’s been a little busier than I’d really prefer it to be. That includes the two days I spent out of action due to some stomach problem. So this weekend is going to have to do a lot of coddling. Food, inevitably, will be part of that and, for me, I like to … Continue reading Book Friday: The Five O’Clock Apron by Claire Thomson

Three Books for Friday: Lists for Life

I’ve been revisiting books on my bookshelf… I got a new book last week, Listful Living by Paula Rizzo. It promises to be a list-making journey to a Less Stressed You. (Review is below.) I’m a sucker for list books, however niche or weird that seems. I even have a copy of The Checklist Manifesto, which is all about the use of checklists in medicine … Continue reading Three Books for Friday: Lists for Life

Magazine Monday: Happinez Issue 21

Happinez Magazine is produced in the Netherlands and translated into several languages before zooming off around the world. It’s dedicated to yoga, spirituality and inner happiness, so there are plenty of articles that will feed your spirit and give you plenty to think about. I couldn’t resist posting this picture of my magazine sitting next to my Filofax. The serendipity of the colours together just … Continue reading Magazine Monday: Happinez Issue 21

Cultivating Calm and Stillness: Wholehearted Living Guidepost part 8

Continuing my work-through of The Gifts of Imperfection by BrenĂ© Brown. Yes, it’s taking me ages. Yes, we’re nearly finished. Yes, it has worked on getting me to live wholeheartedly. The subtitle of this chapter is “Letting Go of Anxiety as a Lifetstyle”. So many things nowadays get pushed as a ‘lifestyle’. Even hygge, back in 2016, was being pushed as a ‘lifestyle fad’. The … Continue reading Cultivating Calm and Stillness: Wholehearted Living Guidepost part 8

Magazine Monday: Country Homes and Interiors August 2020.

Magazines are a great way to check off the progress of time. As the year passes, it can be marked by the changes in covers. From Easter’s eggs and May’s blossom to summer, with heady scented blooms and the inevitable blue and white seaside edition. August’s CH&I isn’t a dedicated sea special, but does have a seaside aesthetic. The whole magazine has a free and … Continue reading Magazine Monday: Country Homes and Interiors August 2020.